Knowing I’m getting the Christmas week for my column, I started to write with the intent of celebrating how the environment supports our holiday cheer. I apologize if the mixed results of my research leaves you feeling there is a “Grinchy” tinge to your green Christmas.
Believe it or not, I still remember our first Christmas tree. I have a photo of myself sitting on my sister’s lap to prove it. I marveled at the lights and all the trimmings.
Omar Farag and Victoria, of Miller, section look over trees Tuesday at Newland's Christmas Tree stand in Portage. The tree sellers have been in the business for 36 years and are at the corner of Willowcreek and Ridge Road through the weekend.
Dan Streeter, of Hobart, shops for Christmas tree Tuesday at Newland's Christmas Tree stand in Portage.
SCHERERVILLE | Sweetie's Shoppe sits at a wide part of a winding path that cuts through hills laden with spruces, pines and firs at Luers Christmas Tree Farm, where people pay to saw and take home a tree.
LANSING | When the village kicks off the Christmas holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the municipality’s official tree, there’s usually a touch of youth on display.
VALPARAISO | The city officially welcomed its newest roundabout, along with the holiday season, with speeches, a visit by Santa and the lighting of a Christmas tree.
Please inform Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. that decorating a tree involves more than just a few lights.
Jenna Vasaitis, right, her daughter Madelynn Vasaitis, 3, son Kaiden Vasaitis, 4, and family friend Bella McConnell, 11, pose for a photograph in front of the old Lake County Courthouse after the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday evening in Crown Point.
The old Lake County Courthouse glows Friday evening after the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Crown Point.
HOBART | The city of Hobart will hold a tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road.
SOUTH HOLLAND | The Moore family of South Holland donated their 57-foot Colorado blue spruce tree to the city of Chicago to be used as the official Christmas tree on display at Daley Plaza until Jan. 9.
Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for November and all the wonderful food and activities in store for us. If you didn’t get enough tricks and treats at Halloween, check out Timothy Tegge, a Midwestern magician and comedian coming to town.
CHICAGO | Chicago authorities say the city's official Christmas tree will be a 57-foot Colorado blue spruce from South Holland.
This 57-foot Colorado blue spruce from South Holland will be the official Chicago Christmas tree. It will be felled on Thursday.
HOBART | After a 20-year absence, a floating Christmas tree has been returned to Lake George for the holiday season.
HOBART | Residents needing to dispose of Christmas trees should place them out front curbside and call public works, city officials said.
This 45-foot pine tree donated by a Chicago Heights resident is now in front of City Hall.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | A lifelong resident of Chicago Heights has made what figures to be a long-lasting contribution to the city.
HOBART | The annual Hobart Jaycees Christmas tree lot will be open through Saturday or until trees are sold out.
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